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Gailey sports a Fitz-inspired offseason look

Buffalo Bills coach Chan Gailey has added a well-trimmed beard since the end of the season. In terms of size and bushiness, it's no match for the one quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has grown the past two regular seasons. In terms of style, it's superior.

"I joked with him that he can have it during the season, and I'll take it in the offseason," Gailey said of Fitzpatrick. "I've never done this. I thought I'd try it and see what it looks like. If I like it, I'll keep it. And if I don't, I'll get rid of it -- unless my wife says get rid of it earlier."

Bills utilityman Brad Smith averaged 3.7 touches a game last season, counting snaps as quarterback, receiver and kick returner. His impact was less than imagined when the team signed him as a free agent.

Gailey on Smith's role next season: "I see him as a three-headed monster. Wildcat. Receiver. Special teams. I see him being all three of those and when he walks out there on the field they're not sure what's going to happen."

Gailey on receiver Stevie Johnson, due to become a free agent: "Well, he's very important to us and we'd love to have him. The thing you learn to say in this business is you don't ever want to say you can't live without somebody because as soon as you say that, you learn to live without them. But we would like to have him, he's very important to our football team, he's made a bunch of big plays for us and we hope it works out, but it's business."

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The Philadelphia Eagles signed former Bills quarterback Trent Edwards to a free-agent contract. Vince Young was the backup to Eagles starter Michael Vick last year, but he's a free agent and is not expected back. Edwards is expected to compete with Mike Kafka, the Eagles' No. 3 man last year, for the backup job. Edwards, 28, didn't play in the NFL last season.

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Gailey on how many draft prospects he scouts leading up to the selection meeting on April 26.

"I take the top four or five at every position, and then positions that are more likely to be points of emphasis for us, I may look at six or eight," he said. "But I'll be honest with you, I probably won't look at many centers. I probably won't look at many running backs."

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